Ten@10: SEC coaches like idea of withholding offers for young prospects

THE TEN AT 10:

Alabama coach Nick Saban claims the Tide already holds off on offering prospects until the summer before their senior seasons. (AP Photo)

Alabama coach Nick Saban says he favors not offering prospects until the summer before their senior seasons. (AP Photo)

1. SEC coaches appear to be in favor of an NCAA proposal to prevent prospects from receiving scholarship offers until the summer before their senior years. But they’re also skeptical about the ability to enforce such a rule. Alabama coach Nick Saban, speaking to reporters at SEC Media Days, said the Crimson Tide already holds off on offering prospects until they are juniors in High School. But he said dozens of 2012 prospects that attended their camp this past weekend were already holding offers. “These guys haven’t even taken an ACT test yet,” Saban said. “How can you evaluate? Are they even going to qualify? So we’ve tried to slow that process down ourselves by waiting until we have an opportunity to talk to high school coaches, talk to guidance counselors, get an evaluation of the kind of character, attitude, intelligence that these young men have. Even though they do have some athletic talent — that’s pretty apparent even in camp — I would be for that.” The problem is the difficulty of enforcing such a rule. What’s to stop a recruiter from issuing a “silent offer” to a young prospect or telling a high school they’re holding a scholarship for that kid? “It will be difficult to enforce,” Florida coach Urban Meyer said. “If we enforce it, I think it’s a great rule.”

2. If the rule is indeed enacted, it will mean Georgia and Georgia Tech will have to change the way they do things. Between them the in-state schools have close to two dozen offers extended to rising juniors, including four to the same players: Pepperell DT Dakota Ball, Harris County defensive end Jordan Jenkins, RB Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C., and St. Pius defensive back Geno Smith. The Yellow Jackets have also offered RB Kenyan Drake of Hillgrove High, DT Martin Aiken of Bamburg, S.C., and OL Ryan Watson of Olney, Md.

3. Georgia has really made a living on early offers in recent years. According to Scout.com, the Bulldogs currently have offers extended to at least 15 2012 graduates, including four that went out just last Friday at the Bulldogs’ annual Dawg Night camp. Rising juniors known to already have offers from UGA are OT Vidal Alexander of Buford; Ball; WR Chris Black of Jacksonville; DB Travis Blanks of Jacksonville; DB Deoin Bonner of Columbus; LB Josh Clemons of Lowndes; DE Leonard Floyd of Dodge County; OT D.J. Humphries of Charlotte; Jenkins; WR Avery Johnson of Pompano Beach, Fla.; RB Matt Jones of Seffner, Fla.; Marshall; WR Artimas Samuel of Columbus; Smith; and OT John Theus of Jacksonville.

4. RB Romar Morris of Salisbury, N.C., has Georgia Tech in his final three along with North Carolina and Tennessee, according to JacketsOnline.com. He also plans a trip to Penn State soon so the Nittany Lions, who he expects to offer, could become a factor before it’s over. Morris (5-10, 175) had more than 1,300 yards rushing as a junior at Salisbury High last season. He wants to make a decision before the season starts.

5. Recruiting otherwise has been pretty quiet on The Flats the last couple of weeks. The Yellow Jackets on Wednesday had a visit from linebacker Tremayne McNair of Jacksonville, N.C. McNair (6-2, 225) is a three-star prospect who is rated the No. 30 outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com. He had 80 tackles as junior at White Oak High School last year. McNair also has Clemson and North Carolina as finalists. . . . Meanwhile, cornerback Blake Countess, a four-star prospect from Owings Mill, Md., visited Tech earlier this week. The Jackets are expected to be in a battle with Maryland and Virginia for Countess.

Uzomah

Uzomah

6. The recruiting process is getting close to wrapping up for North Gwinnett quarterback C.J. Uzomah. According to coach Bob Sphire, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound athlete is scheduled visit to LSU this Sunday (the Bulldogs are competing in the 7-on-7 National Championships in Hoover, Ala., the next three days). After that, Sphire believes Uzomah will be ready to make a decision between the Bayou Bengals, Auburn and Florida. What makes Uzomah’s situation particular intriguing is what position he might play in college. LSU has offered him as a pure quarterback; Auburn has offered him as a hybrid receiver/quarterback who would take shotgun snaps in the Gus Malzahn’s “Wildcat” formation; and Florida has offered him purely as a wide receiver. Uzomah led the Bulldogs to a 12-1 record as a quarterback last season but starred as a wide receiver the year before that. More on Uzomah coming later.

7. The amount of talent Florida imported for its defensive line in this last recruiting class already was impressive. Then the Gators on Wednesday added yet another 5-star prospect to the group. Chris Martin (6-4, 240), a defensive end from Aurora, Co., by way of Oakland, signed a financial aid agreement with Florida that will allow him to enroll in school there in August. The one-time Notre Dame commitment had signed with Cal on national signing day but asked for and was granted a release this week because he said he wants to attend school far away from his hometown of Oakland, according to ESPN.com’s Jame Newberg. Martin will have to sit out this season due to transfer rules.  But in Gainesville he joins of group of D-line newcomers that includes Dominique Easley (five star), Sharrif Floyd (five star), Ronald Powell (five star) and Leon Orr (four star). Yes, the rich do indeed get richer.

8. Elite cornerback Nick Waisome of Groveland, Fla., has included Georgia in his recently-announced top five, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Also in it for the 5-10, 171-pound speedster are Florida, Florida State, LSU and South Carolina.

9. Mitchell County wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley this week accepted an invitation to play in Under Armour All-American Game in January. A UGA commitment, the 6-1, 210-pound athlete becomes the 10th Georgian to agree to play in the game next January at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. He joins former Callaway RB Quan Bray, Carver-Columbus RB Isaiah Crowell, Griffin DE Xzavier Dickson, Gainesville LB A.J. Johnson, Valdosta DB Malcolm Mitchell, Pope OL Thomas O’Reilly, Valdosta TE Jay Rome, Tucker LB James Vaughters and Carver-Columbus DT Gabe Wright.

10. THIS & THAT: Speaking of Scott-Wesley, the state sprint champion and 100-meter record holder will compete in the U.S. track and Field Championships next week in Sacramento, Calif. . . . Wide receiver prospect Ty Montgomery of Dallas, Texas, made his second visit to UGA on Tuesday, according to UGASports.com. Montgomery is currently committed to Stanford. . . .

Stephenson DL Jafar Mann left Auburn’s camp last Saturday with an offer. He’s a 2012 prospect. . . . Stephenson kicker Colin Anderson committed to UAB last weekend . . . Here’s one you don’t see often: Tennessee is declining to release quarterback Nick Lamaison from his scholarship, according to GoVolsXtra.com. Lamaison redshirted last season after transferring from Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) College. But he opted to leave and return to Alabama after he emrged from spring practice behind junior transfer Matt Simms and freshman Tyler Bray on the depth chart. . . . ATH Chris Milton of Folkston is attending a camp at FSU today.

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75 comments Add your comment

TechGrad

July 22nd, 2010
10:12 am

matthews dawg

July 22nd, 2010
10:21 am

matthews dawg

July 22nd, 2010
10:22 am

No Freaking Way a Tech nerd beat me! I guess he has less of a life than me! Or maybe my work gets in the way! I guess like football 1 out of 10 years isn’t bad! Go Dawg!

Bigger Fish Johnson

July 22nd, 2010
10:26 am

UGA offering Lowndes kids is a waste. FSU owns Lowndes High and its coaches.

Those players get overwhelming pressure to go Redbone in Tally.

UGA

July 22nd, 2010
10:27 am

Geno Smith also has an early offer from UGA.

Dan

July 22nd, 2010
10:32 am

Get a little more creative than “nerd” matthewsdawg.

Chip Towers

July 22nd, 2010
10:40 am

UGA: Yes, as I wrote.

theTruth

July 22nd, 2010
10:42 am

This isn’t the first time Tn has refused to release someone under Dooley’s watch. Why would you want someone there that doesn’t want to be there? Of course, I hear Bryce Brown is also still cruising around Knoxville.

But, they can’t stop him from transferring to a lower school.

dowg

July 22nd, 2010
10:43 am

Chip did C.J Uzomah bever got any offer from UGA?

dowg

July 22nd, 2010
10:43 am

i meant never

theTruth

July 22nd, 2010
10:44 am

CHIP, any news on Lemay’s appeal? Don’t want to beat a dead horse and don’t want to intrude on Mr. Lemay, but inquiring minds want to know.

matthews dawg

July 22nd, 2010
10:44 am

Truth Hurts, Dan! NERD!

theTruth

July 22nd, 2010
10:46 am

Dowg, Yes Uzomah has an offer from UGA, but not sure at which position. He is a good athlete but not sure at what position he will play at the next level, kinda like Quan Bray, good athlete, but where do you play him?

swd

July 22nd, 2010
10:48 am

@ chip swd has reloaded , they are bigger stronger and faster than last year and should make a run deep into the playoffs this year .

Dan

July 22nd, 2010
11:06 am

Sure thing, matthews dawg. Very mature.

Yellow Jacket

July 22nd, 2010
11:07 am

The really funny thing is that it took at least 9 minutes for mathews dog to read this article.

Dan

July 22nd, 2010
11:09 am

The worst part, Yellow Jacket, is that given the opportunity to come up with something more creative and that hasn’t been used since I’ve been alive, he still came up blank.

Chip Towers

July 22nd, 2010
11:10 am

swd: I know about OLB Terrance Smith. Tell us about who some of the other college football prospects the Panthers have.

Chip Towers

July 22nd, 2010
11:14 am

theTruth, dowg: Initially the Bulldogs offered C.J. Uzomah as a quarterback but they told him they were full at the position after Christian LeMay committed. However, they told him they would still take him as an “athlete” and were thinking about him as a tight end. But, of course, they have Jay Rome and Nick O’Leary as their top two targets at that position. So it was a tough fit.

Chip Towers

July 22nd, 2010
11:15 am

theTruth: No decision is expected on LeMay until late August.

butler dawg

July 22nd, 2010
11:17 am

It’s funny watching how some on here “yank on others chain”! The responses are great! I laugh when I see people get “fired up” over a comment. I would bet some do it to get others going! Imagine that!!

swd

July 22nd, 2010
11:27 am

@ chip to many prospects to name come see for your self . this team has div1 prospects at every position thats a fact .

gatorman770

July 22nd, 2010
11:30 am

Let LeMay play! How can you prosecute and penalize a kid for sexual acts that are shown constantly on TV and performed by our elected officials all the way up to our President in the oval office (under the desk)!

Jag Dawg

July 22nd, 2010
11:47 am

Chip,
Has Chris Milton been offered a scholarship by GA. If not, what are his top offers and does he a have a “top 5 list”.

matthews dawg

July 22nd, 2010
11:53 am

Chip, has UGA offered Kris Frost the LB from the same school as LeMay?

Flo-Ri-Duh!

July 22nd, 2010
11:58 am

UGA would like to have Wright and Rome – but Rome is definitely the guy they want the most. Wright knows that he will get criticism if he doesn’t stay in state and is looking for someone else to make a scape goat for his choice. Man up and just say you rather go to Auburn or Bama because of the depth chart. He never really considered UGA. Did he ask for a transport for his mother before he got to the UGA campus? Probably not.

Chip Towers

July 22nd, 2010
12:09 pm

Jag Dawg: My understanding is Georgia has NOT offered Chris Milton, but they’re recruiting him but haven’t been able to get him to a camp. Tech HAS offered him and he reportedly likes Tennessee, Wake Forest and N. Carolina. Personally I think Milton is one of the top athletes in the state. He’s a kid we are considering for Super 11. Teams just not sure about where to play him. . . .

matthews dawg: Georgia has not offered Kris Frost and it may be too late even if it wants to. The latest update from Scout.com has him with five favorites, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Auburn, Michigan and West Virginia. Georgia Tech’s in on him as well.

Roc

July 22nd, 2010
12:15 pm

I’m afraid Gabe wasn’t the only one that didn’t enjoy this past weekend. Jordan Jenkins also had reservations about how the camp was conducted and he didn’t have a good experience. I hope that changes within the next couple of years.

Chip Towers

July 22nd, 2010
12:34 pm

Roc: That’s interesting about Jordan Jenkins. I had not heard he didn’t enjoy UGA visit. Where’d you get that? He may be the top prospect in the state in 2012. Already has offers from Tech and Georgia.

TheTaxJacket

July 22nd, 2010
12:35 pm

*** NESBITT FOR HEISMEN ***

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

GoldenDawg

July 22nd, 2010
12:57 pm

I think Gabes Mom is the one that didn’t have a good time, I heard she wasn’t very happy. Chip, what do you make of the LaMichael Fanning transferring to Harris County and playing with Jordan?

GoldenDawg

July 22nd, 2010
1:04 pm

How can Saban say Alabama waits to offer? According to scouts he has twice as many offers out for 2012 than does UGA.

Chip Towers

July 22nd, 2010
1:17 pm

GoldenDawg: I think there’s a lot of transferring going on this year. in Georgia high schools

The ATH

July 22nd, 2010
1:20 pm

Probably already been said, but the caption’s wrong. Bama offers to plenty of kids during their junior year.

Jim

July 22nd, 2010
1:43 pm

Why not wait until the player is actually eligible to get into school (has taken and passed the various entrance tests)?

Paddy

July 22nd, 2010
2:11 pm

Big Fish…I don’t believe UGA will ever back down from a player because FSU is interested. The Valdosta area will once more be fertile territory for the Dawgs. FSU hasn’t scared anybody in almost 20 years.

Hunker Down

July 22nd, 2010
2:15 pm

Read the article on Nick Lamaison and he has laready gone back home to California and not coming back. Kids hs coach spoke saying he will not see the field at UT but could some where else. So why is UT seemingly punishing the kid by not releashing him from his scholarship. It seems it would be in everyones best interest to do so. I am confused on this one.

LOL

July 22nd, 2010
2:17 pm

*** NESBITT FOR HEISMEN ***

(((( 30-24 ))))

Oh, woops!

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 22nd, 2010
2:28 pm

DAWGS DID GET GODFREY OUT OF LOWNDES COUNTY!
LOWNDES LOVES THEM DAWGS!

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 22nd, 2010
2:34 pm

LOWNDES COUNTY DAWGS!!!!!!!

TechGrad

July 22nd, 2010
2:47 pm

@ matthews dawg – HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Took a break from work @ 10 just to tick all of you off. Man, it’s great to beat a Dawg!!
btw – I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Nesbitt won the Heisman. He’s definitely going to have the chance to show what he’s got this year. Of course there is the widespread prejudice against CPJ’s offense that might lead voters to vote for someone with lesser stats.

Burdell

July 22nd, 2010
2:47 pm

Red…meet neck.

KD

July 22nd, 2010
2:58 pm

Saban talking about not offering a kid until his senior year, man, talking about calling the kettle black, maybe we need to give Saban a new nickname, instead of calling Urban a “Liar”, maybe it fits Saban better.

TechGrad

July 22nd, 2010
3:02 pm

Hey Chip – I think you may be short-changing GT on Kris Frost. I hear he LOVED his visit to GT, and so did his mom. Really digs the ATL. He is originally from NYC and likes the big city. I would say that realistically, it’s between GT, Michigan, and Clemson for Frost.

TechGrad

July 22nd, 2010
3:03 pm

But of course, I’m a homer . . .

Warhorse

July 22nd, 2010
3:08 pm

The biggest news of the day is that Gator QB recruit has been selected MVP and best arm at the Elite 11 QB camp that invites the top prospects. Jeff Driskell is 6′4, 225 and was the fastest QB in the camp.

Now that he is the certifiable top QB prospect, watch the top national WRs jump in line trying to wrangle an offer from the Gators.

Meanwhile another top QB prospect for a Georgia team is out playing with little girls.

made me laugh

July 22nd, 2010
3:11 pm

we need update on the NCAA Investigation going on at UGA!
Green in big trouble?
thanks…

Lower level

July 22nd, 2010
3:23 pm

C.J is a QB! Look at some qb out there, Pryor @ OSU same player C.J.. NG don’t showcase him, they run spread… but they don’t throw it that much. But I guess there the term spread option come from.

Chip Towers

July 22nd, 2010
3:25 pm

made me laugh: Here’s your update: As it stands now A.J. Green denies being at South Beach party or having ever been in Miami and coach Mark Richt says the NCAA coming to town “doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad news.” Delusional? Maybe. We’ll see. Richt nobody’s sure what UGA players the NCAA is interested in talking to, even Richt.

258DAWG

July 22nd, 2010
3:29 pm

Warhorse,
You sure better hope you have a bunch of top WR’s jump on board because I think we all know how this will be a major weakness for you this season, considering what you are a custom to. really not even close!

GO DAWGS! GATA. 2010 EAST Champs at the least!